author Robert Rosen standing outside by a tree with palm trees in the background and an image of his book A Brooklyn Memoir

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? I became a writer because I wanted to satisfy a primal need to communicate. That's why it's important to me. It's important to the world because the written word is often the best way to tell stories that need to be told.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? I don't believe in writer's block. If you're blocked, just start writing anything. Describe the wall in front of your desk. It doesn't matter if it's gibberish. Eventually the right words will come.

What is your favorite time to write? If I have a deadline, first thing in the morning. If I don't have a deadline, I generally hit the computer by noon.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Keep a notebook and write in it every day. Make writing seem as natural as breathing. That's what my writing professor at City College, Francine du Plessix Gray, told me. And she was right.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? Getting published, seeing my book on a bestseller list, and getting paid.

Robert Rosen's A Brooklyn Memoir: My Life as a Boy is out now with Oil on Water Press.